The Latest: Leaked emails show acrimony between DNC, Sanders


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times EDT):

11:15 a.m.

More than 19,000 emails from Democratic party officials have been leaked in advance of Hillary Clinton’s nomination next week at the Philadelphia convention.

The emails detail the acrimonious split between the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s former primary rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Emails posted by Wikileaks on its document disclosure website show DNC officials scoffing at the Sanders campaign — and, in one instance, questioning his commitment to his Jewish religion.

Some emails show DNC and White House officials mulling whether to invite guests with controversial backgrounds to party events.

Wikileaks’ posting of the emails didn’t disclose the identity of who provided the private material. But those knowledgeable about the breach said last month that Russian hackers penetrated DNC computers.

DNC and Sanders campaign officials weren’t immediately available for comment.

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11 a.m.

National preference polls may give Hillary Clinton an edge over Donald Trump, and the electoral map may favor her. And sizable numbers of Democrats say they’re behind Clinton.

But many Democrats say they’re more motivated by a desire to keep Trump out of the White House than by her vision for the country’s future or by her bid to become the first woman to serve as president.

Democrats and independent voters in the Philadelphia suburbs — a crucial area in a competitive state — are expressing mixed feelings about Clinton in the days leading up to next week’s Democratic convention in their hometown.

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10:50 a.m.

The streets are freshly swept, the hotel rooms are pristine, the party invitations have gone out and extra police patrols are assigned.

Philadelphia is ready for the Democratic National Convention.

But tougher to clean up and shine is the state’s political image. It’s been tarnished by recent political corruption cases that have implicated many Democrats across the state.

A Republican consultant says these cases send a message about the overwhelmingly Democratic city — and could provide grist for Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans as the general election draws near.

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10:45 a.m.

Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine are closely aligned on many issues.

But Kaine’s cautious, left-leaning political profile has been blurred at times by his ties to energy industry interests and his personal qualms over abortion.

Kaine has navigated the rough-and-tumble of Virginia’s electoral landscape with few ethics missteps. But minor controversies have flared over his acceptance of paid travel and gifts.

He and Clinton share support for a number of issues, from a no-fly zone in the air over Syria to gun control, education, health care and a tax overhaul.

Clinton opposes offshore drilling. Kaine has sponsored legislation to open Virginia’s coast to drilling.

Kaine opposes abortion, but says “the right role for government is to let women make their own decisions.”

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9 a.m.

Hillary Clinton has made her pick and now it’s time to team up with running mate Tim Kaine for the Democratic ticket’s first public event.

They’ll be at Florida International University in Miami later Saturday.

Florida is a vitally important state in the 2016 race.

The bilingual Kaine may prove to be a valuable asset in Spanish-language media as the campaign appeals to Hispanic-Americans turned off by Republican Donald Trump’s harsh rhetoric about immigrants.

Kaine — a Virginia senator and former governor — got the nod from Clinton in a telephone call Friday evening — days before the party convention begins in Philadelphia.

His selection completes the lineup for the general election. Clinton and Kaine will face Trump and his vice presidential choice, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

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